Hello dance fiends. Welcome back to Movement Mondays, where we will, once again, explore the epicness of choreography and expressive movement. Today’s post is a lesson in stylized movement. The video I am posting is by one of my favorites to stalk on youtube, Ms. Erica Sobol who is with out a doubt, one of the most intricate choreographers I have ever seen, and I love it! The choreography is to “from the ground up” by sleeping at last. This is her most recent post, it features three back to back clips of individuals doing the same piece of choreography, but they are all outrageously different, and super expressive and wonderful. Here is your lesson in style, watch and learn, but mostly be amaaaazed!
So, to break it down dancer by dancer:
#1: I love her fluidity of movement, despite the rigidity of the choreography. Her suspension and use of the music is awesome. She still gets all the hits in the choreography, but she doesn’t leave any beat undanced, and I love that. You can tell that she is stretching and fill the space and time with everything she has, and those are the best performers to watch.
#2: I love how quirky this one is. I keep waiting to not like it, but I can’t stop watching him. He just adds his own flair and it might not be your favorite, but you have to admit its great to watch. Hes a great mix between suspension and choppy movement, so I think it keeps it really interesting. He took the time to make the choreography his own and adapt it to his style of movement with out changing the overall feeling or performance quality of the original movement, which is kind of hard to do.
3#: The perfect example of short staccato movement. Its super jerky, but it works for him, and he runs with it. Throughout the entire piece of choreography he is able to take what should be fluid movements used to have great moments of resistance in their suspension and instead he hits the shape hard and almost freezes in the air before moving on to the next one. I like it.
I think style is one of the most important things that a dancer can bring to the table. Most professional dancers come from the same technique training, can do the same tricks, are outrageously flexible, and can do 20 turns in a row. What sets a phenomenal performer apart from a top notch technician is their performance quality, which is increased by the style they bring to their movement. While I am always astonished by someones ability to balance for long periods of time or do 25 2nds in a row I would much rather be moved by the performance you lay out on the stage, because at the end of the day, I’m going to be more inspired to get up and dance because of it. So, what are you waiting for? Get moving, and BE PHENOMENAL!